Strength in numbers isn't always bestFeb 21, 2001 (Updated Jul 28, 2010) Write an essay on this topic.
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Now that I’m looking for a job, one of the resources available to me is job sites, such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder. There are even sites that aggregate listings from other sites, which makes things easier. If you decide to use a job site, you may be wondering what to look for and what to be wary of.
Yes, you will have to have Internet access. If you’re reading this, you probably either have access or know where you can get access. I don’t think you should have much trouble getting online. Please note, though, that the Internet isn’t a panacea. It has limitations and flaws like anything else.
Like anything else, look out for scams. You may remember looking through the classifieds in your local paper and finding listings for things you knew were too good to be true. These listings exist in the online world, too. I try to stick to places that I’ve heard of, such as national chains.
Some sites try to be specific. A site might restrict itself to medical or banking jobs. Another might be geared towards part-time or seasonal work. There’s even a site that advertises six-figure incomes as its main focus. I’ve been sticking with the aggregators I mentioned before only because it casts a wider net.
Some sites will require you to list job histories, which they call a résumé. Sometimes, the site allows potential employers to scan these résumés. In other cases, it may be used to better job matches. Even if the site allows employers to search résumés, don’t count on anything coming of this. You should still be searching for jobs yourself.
I’ll admit that job searches can be tricky. Put in ‘retail’ as search term and you can get anything from doing sales in a bookstore to being a management trainee. You will have to learn how to word your searches carefully so you can get the best results.
Sites will generally allow you to refine your searches. You can look for certain salary ranges, for instances. You can narrow location by distance, but this isn’t always perfect. Five miles north of me isn’t the same as five miles to the west. This is one of those things you’ll just have to sort through manually.
You’ll find that job sites can be difficult, but this doesn’t mean that they should be avoided. If you’re looking for work, I’d recommend checking them at least once a week. They should be used in addition to other methods, such as networking and calling places, or even going out and filling out applications.
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